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A leaked slide has hit the web today which details the product lifecycle of existing processors in Intel's lineup. Most notably, there could be as many as 20 processors hitting EOL (End of Life) stage by the end of this year - this means Intel cancels any orders submitted from OEMs and channel vendors beyond that point, as well as stopping all production on said model(s). Warranties will of course remain in place in accordance with the original length.
Specifically, what we'll be waving goodbye to are the majority of LGA775 processors currently still on the market, including the Core 2 Quad Q9650, Q9550/Q9550S, Q9500, Q8400/Q8400S, Q8300, Core 2 Duo E8600, E8500 and Pentium E5400. Further to these, Intel is also aiming to close off production on the LGA1366 based Core i7-970, LGA1156 based Core i7-880, Core i7-875K, Core i7-870S, Core i5-760, Core i5-750S, Core i5-655K and Core i3-530 models.
The PDN (Product Discontinuation Nofication) marked entries in the chart refer to models that precede EOL, a stage in which Intel notifies OEMs and channel vendors that any final orders should be made in awareness of them reaching EOL in the near future.
From time to time we'll see one of those crazy world renowned overclockers kick out another incredible world record result from a recent piece of hardware thanks to the most extreme cooling methods used. But it's not so frequent that a new WR really jumps out at you as being exceptionally above and beyond anything we've seen before.
Well, Mad222 of Team Centralfield has managed to do just that with an incredible overclocking result with a Phenom II X4 955 processor. Using GIGABYTE's 890FXA-UD7, the CPU was pushed all the way up to a jaw dropping 7378MHz.
This can't be confirmed as 100% truth yet, but it seems AMD has "accidentally" leaked out the pricing of their upcoming eight-core Bulldozer chip. AMD announced a give away of 5 x AMD FX-8150P processors and if you scroll through the terms and conditions of the competition, the following line can be found:
Top tier prizes: Five (5) AMD FX series eight-core processors. Approximate Retail Value: $300 USD each.
Oh really... well, it seems the processor will compete against the Intel Core i7 2600 Sandy Bridge CPU which is currently retailing at $300. Can AMD bulldoze Intel over with this chip and the competitive pricing, we'll have to wait and see!
We've now a little more concrete substance on the release date for AMD's highly anticipated FX series processors (formally known as Bulldozer). Industry sources are indicating that the upcoming FX series processors will hit stores on September 19th, with AMD launching two 8-core models in the FX-8100 and FX-8150 as well as a 6-core model (the FX-6100) and a 4-core one (FX-4100).
The two charts above give more detailed specifications on both the aforementioned launch parts as well as the second wave of incoming FX processors to hit the market in the first quarter of next year. We're also starting to hear that all models in the upcoming FX series lineup will be unlocked.
While we're yet to get our hands on some octo-core processors in the form of the upcoming FX series from AMD to battle it out against their thriving competitor, a freshly leaked roadmap today reveals that AMD has even bigger plans already in the works, with some beefy 10-core desktop CPUs scheduled for release next year.
These 10-core chips (codenamed Komodo) will be the successor of the upcoming (Zambezi) FX-Series models. Word of Komodo was out as far back as last year, but at the time was said to have up to eight cores.
Some slides created for the purposes of a key presentation to Intels partners have leaked out which reveal in-house performance testing of Intel's future top dog in the LGA2011 based Sandy Bridge E family of processors that so many of us are holding out for.
That processor is the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition, a six-core (12 thread) CPU clocked in at 3.30GHz, with a Turbo Boost speed of up to 3.90GHz and 15MB of L3 cache.
For comparative purposes, the slides include Intel's current top offering, the LGA1366 based Core i7-990X Extreme Edition and quite the array of tests were used including Cinebench 11.5, POV-Ray 3.7, 3DMark 11 physics, Pro-Show Gold 4.5, SPECint_rate base2006, SPECfp_rate base2006, and SiSoft SANDRA 2011B multimedia and memory bandwidth.
A little birdy has learned today that Intel is apparently looking to have a new PCI Express interface implemented into future chipsets. And no, it's not to do with PCI-E 3.0 which is already a definitive inclusion on the cards.
What the company is looking squarely at is an interface PCI-SIG doesn't currently have a slot or port specification for - that being PCI-Express 2.0 x2. Why x2? Intel's basis of reasoning for it is to provide a more balanced and cost effective means for third parties manufacturing devices such as 2-port SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 controller chips, without bottlenecking their performance.
While we've seen some highly impressive overclocking results as it is from the current top dog in the new Llano lineup from AMD, the A8-3850, word today has it that AMD is planning to launch a new APU with even more power and overclocking headroom on tap - this being the A8-3870.
The new chip will sport an unlocked base clock (bCLK) multiplier for easier overclocking straight up. It comes out of the box with a 3.1GHz clock speed, four x86-64 cores and dual channel DDR3-1866MHz memory controller, while the GPU runs a 600MHz core clock with 400 stream processors, making up the built-in DX11 compliant Radeon HD 6550D graphics.
Leaked product cycle slides posted over at DonanimHaber indicate that AMD plans to release the unlocked A8-3870 APU sometime during Q4 this year.
The first three models of Intel's upcoming next-gen "Sandy Bridge-E" Core i7 processors has been made available. We're still going to see an Enthusiast and Performance release, Performance including BClk multiplier-unlocked six-core chips as well as locked quad-core chips. The new series is set to include the 3000 series of processor model numbering, this means that the new processors will be part of Intel's 3rd generation Core processors, even though they're based on the Sandy Bridge architecture.
Leading the CPUs will be the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition, six-core (12 threads with HTT) has a stock clock speed of 3.30GHz with 3.90GHz Turbo Boost, features 15MB of L3 cache. This chip is expected to have a four figure price tag. This will of course have its BClk multiplier unlocked for some insane overclocking. Next we have the Core i7-3930K which is again a 6 core, 12 threaded chip with a stock clock speed of 3.20GHz and Turbo Boost speed of 3.80GHz, inclusive of 12MB of L3 cache and features an unlocked BClk multiplier.
We've seen some impressive overclock results out of our in-house A8-3850 sample with Shane kicking it into high gear at around 3.7GHz without too much effort - this using a trusty Corsair AIO water cooling solution on a GIGABYTE A75-UD4H.
But if you think that's pretty impressive, try this on for size :-
That aint no photoshop folks. What you can see there is 4906MHz, not too far off the magic 5GHz mark with an A8-3850 CPU. Of course, though, this couldn't have been achieved without the help of :-
Some extreme cooling measures; liquid nitrogen of course.